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MOSES OF PALERMO:

Sicilian translator from the Arabic into Latin; lived in the second half of the thirteenth century. According to a document preserved in the municipal archives of Naples and reproduced by Amari in his "Guerra del Vespro Siciliano" (ii. 407), Charles of Anjou charged (1277) Maestro Matteo Siciliaco to teach Moses of Palermo the Latin language in order that Moses might translate a collection of medical works preserved in Castel dell' Novo at Naples, the residence of Charles of Anjou. Moses is known also as the translator, from Arabic into Latin, of the work of pseudo-Hippocrates entitled "Liber de Curationibus Infirmitatum Equorum"; the translation was published, with two old Italian elaborations, by Pietro Delpratto under the title "Trattati di Mascalcia Attribuiti ad Ippocrate Tradotti dell' Arabo in Latino da Maestro Moise da Palermo" (Bologna, 1865).

Bibliography:
  • Steinschneider, Hebr. Bibl. x. 8;
  • idem, Hebr. Uebers. p. 985.
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